Emergency Operations Improvements
Among other issues, the Government Center Needs Analysis Report
highlighted concerns with the city’s current Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which could be addressed by building a new police station.
An EOC is a central location from which public safety and support agencies coordinate emergency response and recovery and is a critical component to managing public safety and security during a major incident.
The Police Department’s current facilities do not have space for a dedicated EOC. Instead, emergency operations are run through the squad room, creating conflict for space during daily shift briefings. The squad room also does not contain adequate space or technology for an efficient EOC, and it is located in a building that is not seismically braced, meaning it may not be available in the event of a natural disaster.
A new police station would address the issues with the current EOC. The new facility would have a dedicated EOC with space for multiple public safety and support personnel to coordinate emergency response. It would also allow for several technology improvements including additional computers and screens for managing multiple tasks, sufficient telephone landlines to handle incoming and outgoing calls, and technology to connect with the St. Louis County EOC and State Fusion Center for real-time collaboration. The building would also be seismically braced ensuring the EOC is available despite most natural disasters.
The EOC is one of many concerns included in the Facilities Needs Analysis. Other concerns include lack of adequate meeting, office, training and storage space, multiple safety and security concerns, extensive plumbing deficiencies, and unsafe parking configuration which creates hazards between patrol vehicles and pedestrians.